My picks for the 2013 Academy Awards

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By Ray Bennett

Anticipation of this year’s Academy Awards was a pleasure with many great films and terrific performances but then came the nominations for the prizes that lead up to the Oscars and it all went pear-shaped.

Inexplicable awards have been given to films such as “Argo”, “Les Misérables” and “Django Unchained” while prizes for splendid films such as “Life of Pi”, “Lincoln”, and “Silver Linings Playbook” have been hit and miss. Wonderful productions such as “The Master” and “Moonrise Kingdom” have found honours limited while the excellent “Killing Them Softly” was ignored entirely.

It means that tonight’s Oscar show might well turn out to be a major disappointment so many of these selections are made in hope that Academy Awards voters will prove smarter than the others, but history suggests they won’t be. A list of my choices follows:

BEST PICTURE

Will win: Lincoln

Could win: Silver Linings Playbook

Should win: Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook

Should have been nominated: The Master, Killing Them Softly

BEST DIRECTOR

Will win: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Could win: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Should win: Steven Spielberg, David O. Russell

Should have been nominated: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

BEST ACTOR

Will win: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Could win: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Should win: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix

Should have been nominated: Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly

BEST ACTRESS

Will win: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Could win: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Should win: Jennifer Lawrence

Should have been nominated: Rachel Weisz, Deep Blue Sea

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Will win: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Could win: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Should win: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Should have been nominated: James Spader, The Master

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Will win: Anne Hathaway, Les Miséreables

Could win: Sally Field, Lincoln; Amy Adams, The Master

Should win: Sally Field, Amy Adams

Should have been nominated: Samantha Barks, Les Misérables

BEST SCORE

Will win: Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)

Could win: Anna Karenina (Dario Marianelli)

Should win: Life of Pi

Should have been nominated: Jonny Greenwood, The Master

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Will win: ‘Skyfall’, Adele and Paul Epworth, Skyfall

Could win: ‘Pi’s Lullaby’, Life of Pi

Should win: ‘Pi’s Lullaby’

Should have been nominated: ‘Ancora Qui’ by Ennio Morricone & Elisa, Django Unchained

BEST EDITING

Will win: Argo

Could win: Zero Dark Thirty

Should win: Life of Pi

Should have been nominated: The Master

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Will win: Life of Pi

Could win: Skyfall

Should win: Life of Pi

Should have been nominated: The Master

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Will Win: Amour (Austria)

Could Win: Kon-Tiki (Norway)

Should win: No (Chile)

Should have been nominated: Intouchables (France)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Will Win: Searching for Sugarman

Could Win: The Gatekeepers

Should Win: Searching for Sugarman

Should have been nominated: The Imposter, Marley

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Will win: Moonrise Kingdom

Could win: Zero Dark Thirty

Should win: Moonrise Kingdom

Should have been nominated: The Master

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Will win: Silver Linings Playbook

Could win: Lincoln

Should win: Silver Linings Playbook

Should have been nominated: Killing Them Softly

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Will win: Anna Karenina

Could win: Lincoln

Should win: Anna Karenina

Should have been nominated: The Master

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR

Will win: The Hobbit

Could win: Les Misérables

Should win: Snow White and the Huntsman

Should have been nominated: Cloud Atlas

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Will win: Anna Karenina

Could win: Lincoln

Should win: Anna Karenina

Should have been nominated: The Master

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Will win: Life of Pi

Could win: Lif of Pi

Should win: Life of Pi

Should have been nominated: The Dark Knight Rises

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Will Win: Wreck-it Ralph

Could Win: Brave

Should Win: The Pirates: Band of Misfits

BEST SOUND EDITING

Will Win: Life of Pi

Could Win: Skyfall

Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty

BEST SOUND MIXING

Will Win: Zero Dark Thirty

Could Win: Skyfall

Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty

 

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